Archer Carlson served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 in the 306th Combat Engineers, 81st Division, Eighth Army. Interviewed by Helen Krische and Brian Grubbs on June 13, 2006, Carlson talked about his experiences during the Second World War. Carlson was born on January 27, 1926, in Scandia, Kansas. He grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas. In 1942, at 17, he had a short-term duty with the US Navy V-12 Officer Procurement Program. Upon turning 18, he registered for the draft and was inducted into the Army on July 12, 1944, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended basic training and entered the Cavalry Replacement Corps at Camp Whiteside, both at Fort Riley, Kansas. Carlson was on his way to Europe the day before Germany surrendered (V-E Day). The ship then turned around and Carlson went to the Pacific theater. He was stationed on Leyte in the Philippines. Carlson then went to Japan. He was discharged on August 17, 1946. More information about this oral history can be found at http://history.lplks.org/items/show/1728.
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